Former care home comes on market

A FORMER Stalybridge care home which closed suddenly while people were still living in it is up for sale.

And Carson House is being marketed as having the potential to be turned into something else.Signs have now been placed on the Stamford Street property saying it is now for sale for more than £1 million.

Agents The Landwood Group say what was a 45-bed home is on a plot measuring just over half an acre.

Crucially, one of its selling points is that it has, ‘development potential, subject to planning’.

The sudden closure last October came after a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It saw 74 carers and staff lose their jobs, 35 residents forced to be re-homed and a mountain of unpaid bills to agencies that provided carers.

The family of resident William Whittaker claim the upheaval of moving was a contributory factor in the death of the 79-year-old four days after he was forced to leave.

Staff were not paid for the last seven weeks that the home was open, causing untold issues with a number claiming they were in danger of losing their homes.To highlight their plight, they staged a sit-in at the home, something that succeeded as it gained television coverage as well as in newspapers.

Heather Craine, home administrator for Regal County who ran the home, described the closure as “devastating for both residents and staff”.

Carson House was given an ‘inadequate’ rating by the CQC following three inspections in December 2017 and January 2018 with the report published on May 12, 2018.

David Hetherington Messenger was the current registered provider under the name Regal County Limited.

He blamed the loss of the building, which had been re-possessed by the bank, as being down to being mis-sold interest rate swaps that caused the collapse of his business.

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